As talks between Congress leaders stalled, senators from both parties worked together for weeks on a proposal to break the laziness. Many centrist legislators in the Senate – Joe Manchin III (DW.Va.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Susan Collins (R – Mine) – A news conference was held on Tuesday morning to put forward their proposal as a template for legislation that Congress can pass as the economy faces increasing pressure from the winter surge. Corona virus Cases.
“Our action to provide emergency relief is more urgent now than ever before. People need to know that we are not leaving until we have achieved something,” he said.
The plan distributed by the bilateral group is light on details but seeks to reach a mediation on a number of contentious financial issues.
It offers $ 300 per week Federal unemployment benefits Four months – Democrats demanded less than $ 600 a week, giving significant relief to tens of millions of unemployed Americans. The deal includes $ 160 billion in funding for state and local governments, a key Democratic priority opposed by many Republicans, as well as a temporary ban on coronavirus-related lawsuits against corporations and other organizations – a key Republican priority against many Democrats. The move also includes funding for small businesses, schools, health care, transportation officials and student loans, among other activities.
Assistants close to the endeavor described the details as fluid and subject to change.
The effort still faces many obstacles, and many congressional aides are skeptical that the push will be successful. While President Trump’s negotiators have been at loggerheads with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) For months over multiple critical aspects of the stimulus law, Senate Republicans, led by majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.), Are widely uncomfortable with the amount. White House spending has been pushed at times.
But significant efforts for a compromise in the Senate reflect growing concern from influential senators against the tough stance of their respective leaders as they struggle to reach another round of coronavirus aid, as the economy continues to suffer from the epidemic.
McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) traded barbs, McConnell alleged Monday, with Democrats saying “all or nothing is an obstacle.” Schumer said in a floor speech that “both sides should give”, but also trashed McConnell for putting forward a list of GOP wishes in stimulus talks.
Some lawmakers believe the cost bill needed to prevent a December 11 government shutdown could include elements of a bilateral stimulus agreement, although it would complicate legislation that must be passed.
Treasury Secretary Steven Munuchin said he would speak with Pelosi on Tuesday afternoon. They are expected to discuss both the government spending bill and the stimulus efforts that must be passed.
“I spoke to Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, myself and Mark Meadows yesterday afternoon as well as this morning. I talked to the president this morning and updated him. I am talking to Speaker Pelosi this afternoon about government funding. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Munichin, who testified on Powell’s Capitol Hill, said:
Emphasizing on the coronavirus relief package, Munuchin said he would review it. “I think more economic response is needed. I think it is very important that we can move quickly on a bilateral basis to target the most difficult parts of the economy,” he said.
President-elect Joe Biden, who introduced his finance team on Tuesday, has now announced his support for some form of Kovid relief and signals to Republicans that more help is needed next year after it opens in January.
“Right now, the full congressional hearing about that were exactly where the firing came from.
Asked if he supported the $ 908 billion stimulus proposal, Biden told reporters, “I heard about it. I checked it out when I got back. When asked if he would talk to McConnell, he said, “Not yet.”
Second Senate Democrat Senator Richard J. Durbin (Ill.) Took part in the talks but eventually did not appear with lawmakers at a news conference on Tuesday. In a floor speech, Durbin cited differences with the group’s decisions, arguing that it should exclude the shield of responsibility, but said: “I am still ready to work on it. Let us make the good the good enemy. ”
Durbin, despite his reservations, called for the law to come to the Senate floor.
“I’m not happy with these statistics,” he said. “But in this world of the United States Congress it is this: if you are willing to come together and sit down and listen to the other side, compromise if necessary.”
Economists have warned that failure to approve the stimulus deal could have devastating consequences for the economy and millions of Americans. Many mitigation programs end at the end of the year. Twelve million Americans Are on the verge of losing their unemployment benefits, And end protections for tenants and student borrowers along with the Federal Paid Family Leave Program.
The White House has largely abandoned aggression for stimulus since Trump lost the November 3 presidential election. It is also unclear whether President-elect Joe Biden will push Democrats to accept a smaller package, although his financial advisers are adamant that the stimulus deal should be passed quickly, even though it is smaller than some Democrats would like.
The bilateral agreement includes about $ 8,288 billion in funding for small businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program and other assistance. It is $ 45 billion for transportation companies; Billion 82 billion for education; Nutrition 26 billion nutritional assistance; And 16 billion in health care, assisting with coronavirus testing and tracing and vaccine distribution.
Despite the support of Trump and Pelosi, as a way to reduce its total cost, the effort was expected to leave the second round 200 1,200 stimulus payments.
The measure faced preemptive opposition from both sides, with liberals opposing the shield of responsibility and conservatives opposing spending more money to help the economy. Republican Rashida Tlieb (D-Mitch), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, criticized the proposal to drop another round of 200 1,200 stimulus checks. Speaking on Jason, vice president of legislative affairs for the traditional group Freedom Works, he said traditional GOP senators may reject the move because it outweighs its cost. Sense among those who resisted another cost package. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Kai).
“Anything that increases the deficit is not a starter,” Pi said.
At a news conference, Romney stressed that he was a deficit hacker, far less than the $ 8.18 trillion that White House officials had previously pushed for the proposal. He said the law would provide some funding with more than $ 500 billion unspent money from the Cares Act, reducing the amount of new spending.
Sarah Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, spoke positively about the bilateral effort and urged lawmakers to approve emergency financial assistance quickly.
“Then more is needed, but now immediate relief is needed,” she said. “It simply came to our notice then. We can’t wait. “
Rachel Siegel, Felicia Sonmez and John Wagner contributed to the report.